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Holly, Joan Hunter

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A late working name of US author Joan Carol Holly (1932-1982), who before 1970 signed herself J Hunter Holly. She had a degree in psychology and conducted creative-writing workshops as well as doing her own work; a benign brain tumour, removed in 1970, interrupted her career 1966-1970, and she later suffered further ill health. She began publishing sf with a novel, Encounter (1959), in which Man and inimical Alien confront one another. Much of her work – including The Flying Eyes (1962), The Dark Planet (1962) and The Time Twisters (1964) – involves melodramatic alien Invasions and other traumatic encounters. Among her better stories, written after her illness, are "The Gift of Nothing" (in And Walk Now Gently Through the Fire, anth 1972, ed Roger Elwood) and "Psi Clone" (in Futurelove, anth 1977, ed Roger Elwood). Keeper (1976) and Shepherd (1977) make up the short Dystopian Keeper series in which one man opposes an oppressive regime. Holly wrote straightforward adventure novels whose dark undertones were of interest. [JC]

see also: Women SF Writers.

Joan Carol Holly

born Lansing, Michigan: 25 September 1932

died Lansing, Michigan: 19 October 1982




  • Keeper (Toronto, Ontario: Laser Books, 1976) [Keeper: pb/Kelly Freas]
  • Shepherd (Toronto, Ontario: Laser Books, 1977) [Keeper: pb/Kelly Freas]

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